Our Diversity Training efforts are informed by the institutional goal of creating a community where all its members “are recognized, affirmed, and valued”. Multicultural competence is necessary to recognize cultural diversity and its many facets; value the contributions of diverse perspectives and populations; and affirm and recognize our differences and our similarities. We have set out to do this by providing a broad range of diversity educational workshops which aim to develop multicultural competency in members of the Colorado State community. Our approach and philosophy is threefold:
1) Build awareness of social diversity, why it matters, our institutional commitment and how we define diversity and inclusion
2) Enhance knowledge regarding the many benefits of diversity and inclusion toward organizational excellence and competency regarding underrepresented populations in academia
3) Develop skills to engage and equip members of the community to affirm and support diversity and inclusion in their colleges, classrooms, departments, and places of work
Our goal is to promote an inclusive environment where diversity and inclusion are viewed as the key to maximizing organizational effectiveness, in creating engaging classrooms, and in creating a campus climate which fosters and supports multicultural competence.